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For a quarter of a century, the Supercomputing Conference has served as the crossroads for the entire HPC community. From users and program managers to colleagues and vendors...from government to private industry to academia...SC has provided unparalleled cooperation, unequaled collaboration, and unmatched exposure.

And what better place to celebrate our 25th anniversary than in Denver, Colorado? Located near the center of the continental United States, at the convergence of mountain and prairie, where high-rise buildings greet open range and the earth touches the sky, Denver is a community boldly moving into the future.

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Invited Talks at SC13: Hear the latest from the best in the field
Re-focusing the Exhibitor Forum
SC13 Silver Anniversary Panel: Retrospective on Supercomputing Technologies
New Award Recognizes Lasting Impact of SC Technical Papers
Engage with Your Future Colleagues at the Broader Engagement Workshop
Make Your SC13 Experience a Success
Denver's Five

Invited Talks at SC13: Hear the latest from the best in the field

Fifteen speakers from across HPC and the world of science - including Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter - are set to share their unique perspectives with the international supercomputing community as part of the invited talks program at SC13 this November. Invited talks provide a longer-term perspective than individual research papers, and put multiple research insights into a broader context. At SC13 you will hear about the hardest challenges, the latest innovations in supercomputing and data analytics, and how new approaches are addressing the toughest and most complex questions of our time.

This year’s slate of 15 invited speakers will address every aspect of HPC, the ways in which HPC and supercomputing are shaping modern scientific and engineering discovery, and the ways in which HPC is shaping the relationship among nations. For more information and a complete list of speakers, please check out the Invited Talks section of the SC13 web site at

Re-focusing the Exhibitor Forum

Like much of SC, the Exhibitor Forum has been historically hardware-focused. This is understandable; since HPC is a relatively young industry, the challenges and opportunities have been on the hardware side. Since HPC has generally been the realm of the computational professional, usability was not the primary consideration; however, as with the evolution of other computational platforms, our obsession with hardware has begun to shift to what we can do with it, how we can make it more accessible and easier to use. This year, the Exhibitor Forum will present a slightly different taxonomy of the HPC ecosystem in an effort to focus our community on information, solutions, services and transformation, as well as big iron. Topics to be covered include:

  • Hardware & Architecture (5 presentations)
  • Moving, Managing & Storing Data (15 presentations)
  • Software for HPC (9 presentations)
  • Effective Application of HPC (5 presentations)
  • HPC Futures & Exascale (8 presentations)

Please join us for a few Exhibitor Forum sessions this year. We have a great lineup with 42 talks across 15 sessions. The Forum runs Tuesday through Thursday. Check the SC13 Exhibitor Forum schedule for details.

SC13 Silver Anniversary Panel: Retrospective on Supercomputing Technologies

As part of the SC13 Silver Anniversary celebration, a group of five distinguished research leaders from the international community will discuss advances in supercomputing over the past 25 years. During this interactive panel, each panelist will respond to personalized questions to convey to the audience the lessons learned within their sub-disciplines, the context that led to advances within their countries and institutions, highlights of the impact of supercomputing on society, and their views on how to guide the future of the field.

  • Fran Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Chair, Research Data Alliance/US
  • David Keyes, Professor and Founding Dean, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Ken-ichi Miura, Fujitsu Fellow and Professor Emeritus, National Institute of Informatics
  • Warren Washington, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research and former Director of Climate and Global Dynamics Division
  • Hans Zima, Professor Emeritus, University of Vienna and Past Principal Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New Award Recognizes Lasting Impact of SC Technical Papers

Published continuously for the past 25 years, the SC conference technical program has been the launching point for many of the technical innovations that have radically reshaped the supercomputing community. In recognition of this rich legacy of impact, and in celebration of SC’s 25th year, the conference has created the “Test of Time” award, which will be presented for the first time this November.

The Test of Time award recognizes a paper from a past conference that has deeply influenced the HPC discipline. The award is a mark of historical impact, and winners will be papers that demonstrate clear evidence that they have changed HPC trends. The award will be presented annually to a single paper selected from the conference proceedings of 10-25 years ago.

The first ever Test of Time award will be presented to William Pugh of the University of Maryland for "The Omega Test: a fast and practical integer programming algorithm for dependence analysis,” first published in the proceedings of Supercomputing ’91. Pugh will give a presentation during the awards session on the paper, its history, the research difficulties that had to be overcome to achieve the result, and the impact that the paper has had, both in HPC and beyond.

Engage with Your Future Colleagues at the Broader Engagement Workshop

The Broader Engagement (BE) Workshop at SC13 presents an eclectic mix of technical and social events. It is an excellent venue to interact with a diverse community of students and professionals. The workshop schedule is now available at:

To support the growth of a vibrant HPC community, the BE committee facilitates networking among newcomers at the SC conference and experienced conference attendees and HPC professionals through the Mentor-Protégé program. While Mentors and Protégés are welcome to set their own meeting times for one-on-one interactions, a social event, the Mentor-Prottégté Mixer, has been scheduled from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 18, to bring together Mentors and Protégés. Attendees must registers as mentors by Monday, October 28. Simply select “yes” in your conference registration, or send an email to:

The joint HPC Educators and Broader Engagement Networking Event will be held from 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday, November 16. Selected participants from both programs will present their research during this event.

Make Your SC13 Experience a Success

The SC Conference can be an overwhelming experience. These helpful tips will help you get ahead of the game before you set foot in Denver.

  • The best place to start planning your agenda is at the SC13 website, where descriptions of the activities and a detailed Technical Program Schedule can be used to build a personalized agenda.
  • Workshop and Tutorial participants are encouraged to register the day before the event to avoid registration lines. Visit the SC13 registration page for registration hours.
  • Don’t lose your badge - it’ll cost you $40 to get a new one.
  • For those attending SC for the first time, you’ll want to attend the SC First-Timers Introduction being held in room 705/707/709/711 at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 18.
  • SC13 Information Booths will offer up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening at the conference. There will be two booths this year, located at the “A/F” lobby and “D” concourses.
  • SC13 will host a conference reception for all Technical Program attendees. Join us for delicious food, beverages, and entertainment at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science ( on Thursday, November 21, from 7-10 p.m. Visit the Technical Program schedule for more information.
  • On Wednesday, November 20, from 4 - 6 p.m., families are invited to walk through the Exhibit Hall. Everyone will be required to have a badge, and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you need a badge for a family member, go to the Attendee Registration area.
  • All SC13 hotels are located close to the Colorado Convention Center - more than half of them are within 3 blocks. Therefore, no bus transportation will be provided.
  • Drink plenty of water, both before your trip to Colorado, and while you’re there. Staying hydrated is the number one way to help your body adjust easily to the higher altitude.
  • Colorado has bright, sunny days year-round. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm...even in winter.
  • Stay up-to-date with what’s going on with SC13 via Social Media by joining conversations on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

Denver's Five

Five FREE THINGS to do in Metro Denver

  1. Learn how to make money at the U.S. Mint where 50 million coins are stamped every day
  2. Ride the free shuttle bus down the mile-long 16th Street Mall
  3. Stand on a step exactly one mile high & enjoy the Rocky Mountain view from the State Capital
  4. Stop & smell the aromas at Celestial Seasonings tea factory
  5. Rock, roll & ramble along the hiking trails at Red Rocks Park

Five Fun Ways to GET AROUND Town

  1. Free 16th Street Mall Shuttle
  2. Light Rail
  3. Horse-drawn carriage
  4. Pedi-cab
  5. Ride a B-cycle on 850 miles of paved trails

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